About 300 people, mostly women, turned out for the Seneca Falls convention in July 1848.
Some were middle-class housewives; others worked in farms or in factories. Some were already active in the anti-slavery movement; others belonged to temperance societies, fighting alcohol abuse.
Many of these women were angry about the lack of property rights for married women, whose earnings still belonged to their husbands.
As 19-year-old Charlotte Woodward put it, “Every fibre of my being rebelled against all the hours that I sat and sewed gloves for a miserable pittance which, after it was earned, could never be mine.”
Woodward wanted the right “to collect my wages.”